Coronavirus (COVID-19) recent updates

June 3rd, 2020

This post was updated on October 16th, 2020 at 06:31 AM

A COVID-19 surge has caused an increase in hospitalizations. Chart shows the number of patients per day in UCHealth hospitals since March
A COVID-19 surge in Colorado has led to increased hospitalizations. This chart shows the number of patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections in UCHealth’s 12 hospitals from the start of the pandemic in Colorado through mid-October. Colorado is experiencing a third wave of infections. Source: UCHealth data.

Check Your Symptoms

Please call the clinic or schedule a Virtual Visit if any of these apply to you:

  • International travel in the last 30 days OR
  • Have been in contact with someone who tested positive for, or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days OR
  • New cough, fever or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours OR
  • Two or more of these symptoms that are new in the last 72 hours: Chills, muscle aches, severe headache, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell or loss of taste.

Use this free tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC’s COVID-19 Symptom Checker

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Prevention for older adults and people at high risk


graphic of COVID-19. Autopsies have shown that COVID-19 patients are especially vulnerable to blood clots forming aggressively in the lungs and researchers are trying to determine if the clot buster tPA may help.

Study tests clot busters on COVID-19 patients

Multi-site trial tests the ability of tPA to clear the lungs and break up blood clots in COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

the science of masks. A young woman wears a mask.

Science says: Wear a mask

The research of mask-wearing is evolving, but the case for masks to slow coronavirus spread is strong.

ECMO treatments for COVID-19 helped Barbara Gould survive. Here, she sits in her driveway after arriving home.

Boulder woman survives COVID-19 thanks to artificial lung treatments called ECMO

Barbara Goud got a vicious case of COVID-19. She wasn’t recovering well on a ventilator, then got ECMO treatments to give her lungs a rest.

Moderna vaccine trial in Colorado - 3D images of virus particles that cause COVID-19

Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial set to launch at University of Colorado Hospital

The phase 3 trial of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine candidate for COVID-19 will enroll 1,000 at University of Colorado Hospital, 30,000 nationwide.

Concerns about airborne COVID-19 are increasing. Here, a woman wearing a masks gazes inside an empty restaurant.

COVID-19 and airborne aerosols: What you need to know

Wear masks indoors. Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces, especially those where people are singing, speaking loudly or laughing. Open windows and avoid crowds.

Colorado hospitals COVID - doctors teamed up to save lives

Colorado hospital systems teamed up to save lives of COVID-19 patients

After the first known patient with COVID-19 emerged in Colorado on March 5, Colorado hospital systems teamed up to help one another, saving lives.

Research: Understanding the role genetics play in COVID-19, other diseases

Researchers part of a global group sharing and analyzing data to understand the genetic aspects of COVID-19 susceptibility, severity, and outcomes.

Covid-unit nurse getting something out of a drawer. nurses are now giving dexamethasone to some coronavirus patients.

Dexamethasone may or may not be a breakthrough coronavirus treatment

First approved in 1958 when NASA was born and Pan Am flew the first commercial flight across the Atlantic. Will Dexamethasone work for the coronavirus?

Dr. Michelle Barron, the top infectious disease expert in Colorado. Here, she holds her arms up in front of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.A fearless protector: Meet the top infectious disease expert in Colorado

This infectious disease expert in Colorado faces the biggest challenge of her career, but does it with her typical sunny attitude and calming demeanor.


Child wearing a mask gets an child immunization during pandemic.

Child immunizations down during pandemic, increasing risk for an outbreak of vaccine-preventable illnesses

UCHealth pediatrician stresses importance of continued child-well visits, scheduled child immunizations during pandemic to prevent other illnesses.


a large crowd with an opening of just a few in the middle, signifying herd immunity.Heard ‘herd immunity’ is the answer to the coronavirus problem? Not so fast.

Herd immunity requires that enough of the population is immune that the disease can’t keep spreading even if some people remain vulnerable.

A photo of a man doing work in a medical laboratory

High-quality antibody tests and screening for the COVID-19 virus now available to the public in Colorado

UCHealth providers are now offering COVID-19 and antibody tests to the public at facilities along the Front Range and in Steamboat Springs.

is water and swimming safe during COVID pandemic? A man in mask and sunglasses at a swimming pool.

Is it safe to swim during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are pools, lakes and beaches safe this summer?

This summer will be very different. What about drinking water and water sports? You’ve got questions about COVID-19 and the summer of 2020. We’ve got answers.


antibody tests for COVID-19 in Colorado.Several coronavirus clinical trials, same key questions: ‘Is it safe?’ ‘Does it work?’

Therapies, in the form of clinical trials, for the coronavirus are being put to the test at record pace in Colorado at UCHealth.


A team at the Anschutz Medical Campus is working to antibody testing in Colorado to detect COVID-19 antibodies.

Colorado team creating ‘farm-to-table’ COVID-19 antibody tests to boost quality and bypass shortages

Scientists at the Anschutz Medical Campus are racing to create a new high-quality antibody test to aid in the fight against COVID-19. But be careful as a positive antibody test may not mean you are immune.

baby in NICU after covid-positive mom gives birth at 35 weeks.

COVID-positive mother gives birth to beautiful, strong preemie

This COVID-positive mom of a NICU baby humbled her health care team with her gratitude and positivity during a hard birth and challenging new times.

Nurse wipes down ventilator

Clinic aims to give surviving COVID-19 patients the post-ICU care they need

Remote patient visits and virtual support groups will be important pieces of the recovery mosaic for COVID post-ICU care.

‘Huge’ milestone: Colorado’s first convalescent plasma recipient leaves ICU after 34 days on a ventilator

Dr. Michael Leonard, the first convalescent plasma recipient at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, leaves the ICU after 34 days on a ventilator.

machine that takes Julies plasma at work

Donating plasma for COVID patients new push in fight against deadly virus

For 28 years as a nurse, she has helped bring new life into the world. Now, after acquiring COVID-19, she is donating her plasma to help COVID patients.

birth during pandemic - here big sister Harper Kronebusch lays her head on her mom's belly during a checkup

Giving birth during a pandemic: New babies bring joy and hope in quiet hospitals

This pregnancy seemed to be smooth sailing. Then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, and the upcoming birth of her second child became a bit scarier.

In war, hurricane or pandemic, Dr. Evalina Burger performs medically necessary surgeries

In recent days, all UCHealth hospitals resumed medically necessary surgeries for people who needed help but had to wait because of COVID-19.

women with horse, smiling after seeing a gastroenterologist by way of a virtual visit to assure her she needed to go to the hospital.For the love of Cowboy: Virtual Visit helps woman get back to her horse

Seeing a gastroenterologist by way of a virtual visit reasured this woman she needed medical care and calmed her fears of a hospital visit during pandemic.

Two young men demonstrate social distancing, an important component of return to normal models for Colorado.Coronavirus models: what the numbers show in Colorado about how we may ‘return to normal’

Absent big surprises, Colorado residents can expect a long, slow return to the “normal” we knew before COVID-19 based on the models used by experts.

JBS worker with COVID-19 leaves UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies

JBS worker with COVID-19 goes home after son prayed outside hospital for days

Family and nurses cheered for JBS worker and COVID-19 survivor Sergio Rodriguez when he left the hospital. His son, Rafael, had prayed for days outside.

When will the coronavirus distancing end? It depends.

When will physical (also known as social) distancing end? We are all ready but experts agreed that we still must heed not the heart but the head.

UCHealth specially trained employee uses an electrostatic sprayer as part of an disinfection process so EMS can be safe when responsing to medical emergencies during this pandemic.

Symptoms to never ignore – even during a pandemic

It’s critical to continue to get treatment for medical emergencies during this pandemic. Don’t ignore these symptoms and know that UCHealth EMS is a safe place to turn to for emergency care.

African American COVID=19 survivor Ravi TurmanAfrican American COVID-19 survivor thinks she lived to give others hope

Against the odds, Ravi Turman was the first person in her COVID-19 unit at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital to get off a ventilator. Both Ravi and her team celebrated the milestone and she’s now recovering at home.

Cancer patients battle threat of COVID-19

Cancer patients battle the treat of COVID-19 but with a weakened immune systems. UCHealth is helping them maintain cancer treatments during the pandemic.


Dr. Michael Douglas and his wife, Meg, walk their daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Michael is the first patient in Colorado to have received convalescent plasma to help fight COVID-19.Critically ill Evergreen man first in Colorado to receive ‘convalescent plasma’ to help fight COVID-19

Dr. Michael Douglas is the first person in Colorado to receive convalescent plasma to help fight COVID-19. The donor’s antibodies may help attack the virus.

a young man and a woman vaping, and the coronavirus makes this more risky.Vaping and the coronavirus do not mix

Anything that causes lung inflammation is going to be really bad in a setting of coronavirus. Learn why vaping and the coronavirus do not mix.

virtual visit now available for primary care and specialistsYour regular doctor and specialists can now care for you at home through ‘Virtual Visit’

Patients can now do Virtual Visits with their primary care doctors and specialists. Keep seeing your regular doctors while staying safe from coronavirus.

a person lathering up with soap shows why soap works better than hand sanitizer to remove the coronavirusWhy soap and water work better than hand sanitizer to remove the coronavirus

Both soap and hand sanitizer neutralize the coronavirus, but soap and water work better because soap disrupts sticky bonds so the coronavirus slides off.

nurse wheels in a ventilator for treatment of COVID-19 patient with ARDS.ICUs work to stem tide of COVID-related ARDS patients

In many cases, the battle against COVID-19 in ICUs is centered on a condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. And nearly all these patients require ventilator support.

Claudia, Ernesto and 18-month Camila. Photo courtesy of Ernesto Castro.Grateful to be alive: Ernesto Castro lives to tell his story about surviving COVID-19

It started with a runny nose and then his condition deteriorated rapidly. After 10 days in the hospital, he went home to be with family.

Older woman does a video call for story about helping older adults use video callingHow to help older adults use video calling to stay connected, combat loneliness

Isolation is tough for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. For older adults, it’s devastating. Help older adults use video calling to stay connected.

medications on a table to represent coronavirus drugsA rundown of coronavirus drugs for home and hospital

There’s no proven cure or treatment for COVID-19. Some drugs may help; chloroquine, the antimalarial medication, may or may not.

Crowd of people as a way to demonstrate that coronavirus math shows how fast coronavirus is spreading.

Physical distancing – based on math – is a vital step to fighting the pandemic

As the coronavirus cases grow, what may seem like extreme measures are not. Without our immediate cooperation, sick people will easily overwhelm hospitals in Colorado.

women taking zinc, which does help with some coronaviruses and could with COVID-19.Coronavirus: To zinc or not to zinc?

Zinc is no coronavirus magic bullet, but it could help. Studies have shown zinc lozenges to be effective in shortening the misery phase of the common cold.

Home sick with coronavirusYou think you have COVID-19? What should you do?

Staying at home is the best treatment unless you are seriously ill. Isolate yourself from others, even in your home. Get fluids and rest and call your doctor if you get seriously ill.

woman disinfecting coronavirus by wiping down countertops in the kitchen.
The ins and outs of disinfecting coronavirus

We’re typically better at cleaning than disinfecting. That must change now with the coronavirus. Here’s a quick primer on household disinfection.

a photo of blood with coronvirus on the labelViruses 101: Why the new coronavirus is so contagious and how we can fight it?

Learn why the new coronavirus is so contagious. Is a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 coming? And will summer make a difference?

People who work in other people's homes, like plumbers, should be wary of sick people.Staying safe from the coronavirus when you work in other people’s homes

For plumbers, repair people and cable service technicians, staying safe means asking questions. Call ahead. Don’t work in a home where someone is sick. Collect payments remotely and use the customer’s sink and soap.

to people stand six feet apart pretending to give each other high five, demonstrating what is social distancing.What exactly is ‘social distancing?’ Hint: You are allowed to go outside.

In order to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, public health experts are now advising people in many parts of the country to practice “social distancing.”

Novel coronavirus outbreak in Colorado’s ski communities ‘very serious,’ UCHealth expert warns

Residents and visitors to Colorado mountain resort areas should take precautions immediately as Colorado’s governor also orders the closure of theaters, clubs and gyms while restaurants halt dine-in service.

couple riding bike as getting exercise and being outdoors is on the list of ideas for social distancing.Six healthy things you can do to take the edge off social distancing

Social distancing is, for now, the best tool we as a civilization have to prevent the spread of coronavirus and “flatten the curve” to keep the numbers of severe cases down.

ethnic person washing hands, one way to help stop spread of COVID-19 symptoms.What you should know about COVID-19, coronavirus

Don’t panic. UCHealth continues to monitor COVID-19. Here are some answers to questions.

Virtual urgent care is available for people in Colorado.Concerned about coronavirus? Virtual Urgent Care provides safe, affordable, 24/7 option to get care.

Medical providers can help you figure out if you need to be tested for coronavirus through secure, online visits. UCHealth’s Virtual Urgent Care is open to anyone in Colorado, even those who don’t have insurance.


women hands older adult a bag of food.Older adults advised to ‘stay home as much as possible’ during coronavirus outbreak

Early research shows that older adults are twice as likely to have serious complications if they get the new coronavirus, also called COVID-19 illness. Learn what you need to know.

coronavirus is causing anxiety for many - how to handle itCoronavirus anxiety: Why the outbreak feeds worries and five simple ways to reduce anxiety?

Psychologist Justin Ross said it’s no surprise that mass anxiety and panicky behavior are spreading. But there are simple steps that can help tame coronavirus anxiety.

How to prepare your child for a new baby: pregnant mom plays with daughterPregnancy and coronavirus: Experts advise precautions

Pregnant women are more vulnerable to viral respiratory infections like the new coronavirus or COVID-19 and need to take precautions during pregnancy.


The latest from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC is updating information about COVID-19 on its website.

The latest from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Patients who have general questions can call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at CO-Help at 303.389.1967 or 1.877.462.2911 or email Answers are available in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin and more.


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About the author

Katie Kerwin McCrimmon is a proud Colorado native. She attended Colorado College, thanks to a merit scholarship from the Boettcher Foundation, and worked as a park ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park during summer breaks from college. She is also a storyteller. She loves getting to know UCHealth patients and providers and sharing their inspiring stories.

Katie spent years working as a journalist at the Rocky Mountain News and was a finalist with a team of reporters for the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of a deadly wildfire in Glenwood Springs in 1994. Katie was the first reporter in the U.S. to track down and interview survivors of the tragic blaze, which left 14 firefighters dead.

She covered an array of beats over the years, including the environment, politics, education and criminal justice. She also loved covering stories in Congress and at the U.S. Supreme Court during a stint as the Rocky’s reporter in Washington, D.C.

Katie then worked as a reporter for an online health news site before joining the UCHealth team in 2017.

Katie and her husband Cyrus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, have three children. The family loves traveling together anywhere from Glacier National Park to Cuba.